They make us dance, make us think, and make us realize the reality surrounding us. Yes, that’s right. Hip hop music has been around for a long time, and it has effortlessly achieved a top spot in the world of music. With top artists like 2Pac and Eminem, hip hop has been producing songs that capture everyone’s attention. But which among these songs are the best at defining the genre? Well, let’s go ahead and find out by looking at a list of the best hip hop songs of all time.
Juicy (The Notorious B.I.G)
A story about Brooklyn is never complete without mentioning the Notorious B.I.G or Biggie. While his discography might not be as big as one expected to be due to his untimely death, there are songs that define the artist that he stood to be. “Juicy” is one among them and arguably one of the best hip hop songs of all time. The cinematic and intimate lyrical content establishes itself in your mind, and you will eventually get things going with “Juicy.”
It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube)
Is there a better song to wake up to other than ‘It Was A Good Day” by Ice Cube? Well, not for us because this charismatic and sharp political-minded song captured the tunes of 1993. With expert lyricists Ice Cube at the helm of things, “It Was A Good Day” topped things and became one of the best hip hop songs of all time. The song was so famous that even today, one can find people lip-syncing to the melodious tunes that it produces.
Mind Playing Tricks on Me (Geto Boys)
Images of paranoia and mental distress are quite common for a young Black man in America. Expressing the same through a song tends to capture that imagination and informs the world about the experience. And that is precisely what “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” stands to convey. The influential number might not have been a hit when it was released, but it was bound to take hold of the game sooner or later.
Dear Mama (2Pac)
The world of hip hop has never seen anyone like Tupac Shakur, and it may never see anyone of his calibre ever again. As a top lyricist, 2Pac was always defining the game, and he took things to a whole new level with “Dear Mama.” Describing his loving relationship with his mom, 2Pac goes ahead to talk about the struggles of a poor single mother. The song was a huge hit and even ended up in the National Recording Registry, thus creating cultural importance.
Hence, those were the best hip hop songs of all time.